Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:08

Holiday Gift Guide: Art Enthusiast

Written by  Michaela Stock
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Holiday Gift Guide: Art Enthusiast Illustrated by Shi Briggs

Galleries, sketchbooks, indie films — the Art Enthusiast loves to create and consume alike. You can help them do both with a workshop, gallery visit or movie ticket.


Every artist’s practical and aesthetic needs can be met at Rebel Reclaimed, a gift boutique in Grand Rapids. You’ll stay in style with colored pens, fancy pencils and leather notebooks (unlined for sketching, of course), alongside tapestries, plants, books and more. Show off your smarts, looks and humor by picking up your next set of art supplies and whimsical housewares at Rebel Reclaimed. 

Rebel Reclaimed
1555 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids


If you’re an artist and are looking to upgrade your look from thrift-store sweaters, make yourself over with a wardrobe from Leather & Cotton. From rustic to luxurious, Leather & Cotton is an online Grand Rapids-based high-end clothing store with approachable prices that won’t break your starving-artist bank. With its arsenal of gorgeous leather jackets, printed tees and boho-chic pieces, you’ll be wearing your artist cred on your sleeve — quite literally.

Leather & Cotton


Grand Rapids’ newest art hotspot, Light Gallery, is perfect for both art enthusiasts and art makers. With workshops ranging from portrait and product photography to ceramic spoons and pinch-bowls, you’re sure to find a class to release all of the creative energy inside you while supporting a local business. Not to mention, the studio’s gallery space features handmade paintings, knits, fabrics, ceramics and more created by Grand Rapids residents.

Light Gallery + Studio
317 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids


Tucked inside the beloved Frederik Meijer Gardens is the Balk Café. It boasts colorful hand-blown glass sculptures that drape from the ceiling, illuminated by walls of windows that wrap around the Balk Café’s entire exterior. Meanwhile, plants sprout from the shop’s stone walls and are on every table. Bright, airy and artsy, you can grab a light bite to eat or sip on tasty teas, coffee, wines, beers and soft drinks while discussing the latest drama in the art world.

Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids


As an artist, you work hard to curate beauty into your surroundings, and Bridge Street Market does too. Inside the Market’s airy interiors are wooden crates filled with fresh fruits and veggies, shelves stocked to the brim with organic eats and a specialty flower shop. If that’s not beautiful enough, there’s a coffee bar with a generous pastry case (including gluten-free and vegan options) and hand-prepared meals.

Bridge Street Market
405 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids


Take a break from the art project you’ve been working on nonstop and go get inspired by a film at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. The UICA screens independent and international movies as well as documentaries Tuesday through Saturday all year round, so you can cozy up and sit back for an artistic motion-picture experience in the gallery’s state-of-the-art theater for less than $10.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

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